SEAS RELATED COURSES 2008-2009

*SUMMER ABROAD IN SINGAPORE (SOUTHEAST ASIA STUDIES)

Course numbers: 001-499 undergrad *; 500-800 graduate; a/b - spring/fall
 *Summer Abroad in Singapore is an undergraduate program for Yale College credit


ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 010a, Urban Culture, Space, and Power (Freshman Seminar). Erik Lind Harms
(partial Southeast Asian content)
The course explores urban environments as spatial landscapes infused with power relations. Course readings, projects, and writing assignments use anthropological perspectives to analyze spatial dimensions of cities, and to understand how social life both transforms, and is transformed by, the cities we live in.

ANTH 201b, Postwar Vietnam
Erik Lind Harms
Vietnamese society since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Focus on the effect of economic and political changes on cultural and social life. The challenges of postwar socialism; economic renovation; the intersection of market-oriented socialism with class dynamics, urbanization, gender, health care, and ritual life.


ANTH 388/588a,
The Politics of Southeast Asia.
Erik Lind Harms
This course analyzes how Southeast Asian nations promote national culture as part of political and economic agendas. Also explores Southeast Asian cultural and political diversity to rescue the possibility for cultural difference within a global world.

ANTH 541a,
Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development See also F&ES 753a /HIST 965a / PLSC 779a
Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan,
Elisabeth Woods, Peter Perdue
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
An interdisciplinary examination of agrarian societies, contemporary and historical, Western and non-Western. Major analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, history, political science, and environmental studies are used to develop a meaning-centered and historically-grounded account of the transformation of rural societies. Four-hour lecture-plus-discussion.

ANTH 572a, Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches To Environmental Perturbation and Change.
F&ES 80176a Michael R. Dove
(Partial Southeast Asian content)
There is a long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. This advanced seminar is designed to review seminal works in this field and analyze some of the current theoretical debates. Topics covered include: the relevance of the post-equilibrium shift in the natural and social sciences; the academic literature on the social dimension of natural disasters, illustrated with a case study of volcanic hazard; the discursive dimensions of environmental degradation, focusing on deforestation and other case studies; the discourse of global climate change, focusing on North-South dimensions; the current debate about the relationship between resource wealth and political conflict, focusing on the 'green war' thesis, orientalist perspectives, and the case of tropical forest commodities; and alternative perspectives on sustainable environmental relations, based on inter-disciplinary work and also work in the humanities. Prerequisite: F&ES 84056a/ANTH 597a, or F&ES 83050a/ANTH 581a, or F&ES 83073b/ANTH 582b. Enrollment limited to twenty.

ANTH 581a,
Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method
See also F&ES 83050a Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)
This is an introductory course on the scope of social scientific contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. It is designed to be the first course for students who will be specializing in social science approaches as well as the last/only course for students who take only one course in this area. The approach taken in the course is inductive, problem-oriented, and case study-based. The course is divided into five sections. Section I presents an overview of the field and course. Section II deals with the way that environmental problems are initially framed. Case studies focus on placing problems in their wider political context, new approaches to uncertainty and failure, and the importance of how the analytical boundaries to resource systems are drawn. Section III focuses on questions of method, including the dynamics of working within development projects, and the art of rapid appraisal and short-term consultancies. Section IV is concerned with local peoples and the environment, with case studies addressing the myth of slash-and-burn cultivation, livestock and development discourse, and the question of indigenous knowledge and its transformation. Finally, Section V presents lessons learned. Enrollment limited to thirty.

ANTH 582b, Households, Communities, Gender (for Development and Conservation)
(See also F&ES 83073b)
Carol Carpenter
(Partial Southeast Asian content)

The implementation of development and conservation projects involving people requires an understanding of households, communities, and geners; unfortunately, policy is laden with mistaken assumptions about these social units. This course examines both the anthropology of households, communities and gender, and common assumptions about them in development and conservation. Economic and political aspects of relations within these unites are intimately linked, and are examined together. Important global variations in the structure of households, communities, and gender exist, and are explored in the course. The goal of the course is to encourage future policy makers and implementers to examine their assumptions about society, and to tghink more critically about the implications of these social units for development and conservation. No prerequisites.

ANTH 597a, Social Science of Development and Conservation (See also F&ES 83056a)
Carol Carpenter
(Partial Southeast Asian content)

This course provides a fundamental understanding of the social aspects involved in implementing sustainable development and conservation projects. Social science provides ways of thinking about, researching, and working with social groupings - including rural households and communities, but also development and conservation institutions, states, and NGOs. Second, social science tackles the analysis of the knowledge systems that implicitly shape development and conservation policy and impinge on practice. The goal of the course is to stimulate students to apply informed and critical thinking to whatever roles they play in sustainable development and conservation, in order to move toward more environmentally and socially sustainable projects and policies.

ANTH 598b,
Social Science of Developoment and Conservation: Advanced Readings
. See also F&ES 80157b Michael R. Dove and Carol Carpenter
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

951a or b Directed Research in Ethnology & Social Anthropology
952a or b Directed Research in Linguistics

ECONOMICS

ECON 899a or b Individual Reading and Research
by arrangement with faculty


FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

F&ES 80176a, Disaster, Degradation, Dystopia: Social Science Approaches To Environmental Perturbation and Change. See ANTH 572a for course description
Michael R. Dove
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 753a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
See
ANTH 541a for course description

F&ES 83050a, Society and Environment: Introduction to Theory and Method

See ANTH 581a
Michael R. Dove
(Substantial Southeast Asian content)

F&ES 83073b, Households, Communities, Gender (for Development and Conservation) See ANTH 582b for course description
Carol Carpenter
(Partial Southeast Asian content)



F&ES 83056a, Social Science of Development and Conservation (See ANTH 597a for course description )
Carol Carpenter
(Partial Southeast Asian content)



HISTORY

HIST 323b, Southeast Asia Since 1900
Ben Kiernan
Comparative colonialism, nationalism, revolution, and independence in modern Southeast Asia. Topics include Indonesia and the Dutch, Indonchina under French rule, the United States in the Philippines and Vietnam, Buddhism in Burma and Thailand, communist and peasant movements, and the Cambodian revolution and its regional repercussions.

HIST 479b, Vietnamese History from Earliest Times to 1920
Ben Kiernan
Evolution of a Vietnamese national identity, from Chinese colonization to medieval statehood, to French conquest and capitalist development. Topics include the roles of Confucianism, Buddhism, gender, and ethnicity in a Southeast Asian context.

HIST 965a, Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development See ANTH 541a

HIST 980a, Genocide: History and Theory
See also INRL 625a
Ben Kiernan
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Comparative research and analysis of genocidal occurrences from ancient times to the present; theories and case studies; an inter-regional, interdisciplinary perspective. Readings and discussion, guest speakers, research paper.

998a/b Directed Readings
999a/b Directed Research

Offered by arrangement with instructor and permission of Director of Graduate Studies

(Some graduate and professional school courses are open to qualified undergraduates with permission of the instructor and the DGS)


INDONESIAN
(Click on -> Indonesian Studies at Yale)

INDN 110a/120b/ 520a/b, Elementary Indonesian. Indriyo Sukmono
An introductory course in standard Indonesian with emphasis on developing communicative skills through systematic survey of grammar and graded exercises. Introduction to reading in the second term, leading to mastery of language patterns, essential vocabulary, and basic cultural competence.

INDN 130a/140b/ 527a/b, Intermediate Indonesian. Indriyo Sukmono
Continued practice in colloquial Indonesian conversation and reading and discussion of texts. (After INDN 115 or equivalent)

INDN 470a/471b, Independent Tutorial. Indriyo Sukmono
For students with advanced Indonesian language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered in courses. The work must be supervised by an adviser and must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent. (Permission of instructor/submission of project proposal)

INDN 560 a/b, Readings in Indonesian. Indriyo Sukmono
For students with advanced Indonesian language skills working on modern Indonesian literature.


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

INRL 625a, Genocide: History and Theory
See HIST 980a
Ben Kiernan
(Some/partial Southeast Asian content)



MUSIC

MUSI 225b Javanese Gamelan Performance. Sarah Weiss
A study of Javanese musical genres from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Introduction to the playing techniques of multiple instruments. Survey of theoretical and aesthetic discourses on gamelan and other Indonesian performance. Members of the class form the nucleus of the Yale Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. (No previous experience in gamelan performance required. May be repeated for course credit, but not for distributional credit.) See Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo

MUSI 420b Gendering Musical Performance. (See also WGSS 420b).
Sarah Weiss
(~1/4 Southeast Asian content)
A critical examination of the discourse on gender, sexuality and music. Grounded in the cross-cultural detail of specific musical genres and performers, we will examine the ways in which issues of race, class, ethnicity, spirituality, and embodiment intersect with gender in the shaping of musical cultures and aesthetics.

MUSI 928b Music and Empire. Sarah Weiss
(some/partial Southeast Asian content)
Empires through the ages are a distinctive political formation, different from nation-states and modern colonialism. Empires seem monolithic, but they are, by definition, formed out of previously separate units, and diversity - ethnic, national, cultural and religious - is a central feature of all imperial formations. In this course we will examine music imagined to celebrate, contest, or interact with imperial domination. Case studies will be drawn from Turkey, Indonesia, India, and Japan. Students are encouraged to reserach geographic locations beyond those addressed in class.



PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 210a Eastern Philosophy
. Quang Phu Van
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR - TO BE OFFERED FALL 2009 AND ALTERNATE YEARS THEREAFTER - ALSO OFFERED SOME SUMMER SESSIONS
An Introduction to Eastern philosophy through the study of philosophical and religious texts. Topics include reality and illusion, knowledge, self, right and wrong, nonattachment, meditation, aesthetics, meaning of life, and death. (Limited enrollment)


POLITICAL SCIENCE

PLSC 779a Agarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development. See ANTH 541a for description. (partial Southeast Asian content)
James C. Scott, Robert Harms, Amity Doolittle


VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
(Click on -> Vietnamese Studies at Yale)

VIET 110a/120b/ 515a/b, Elementary Vietnamese. Quang Phu Van
Students acquire basic working ability in Vietnamese including sociocultural knowledge. Attention paid to integrated skills such as speaking, listening, writing (Roman script), and reading. No previous knowledge of or experience with Vietnamese language required.

VIET 130a/140b/ 530a/b, Intermediate Vietnamese. Quang Phu Van
An integrated approach to language learning aimed at strengthening students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Vietnamese. Students are thoroughly grounded in communicative activities such as conversations, performance simulation, drills, role playing, and games. Discussion of aspects of Vietnamese society and culture. Prior knowledge of Vietnamese required.

*VIET 220b Introduction to Vietnamese Culture, Values, and Literature.
Quang Phu Van

A brief introduction to Vietnamese culture and values. Topics include cultural and national identity, aesthetics, meaning of life, war, and death. Selected readings from Zen poems, folklore, autobiographies, and religious and philosophical writings.
* All readings in translation. No previous knowledge of Vietnamese required.


VIET 470a/471b, Independent Tutorial Quang Phu Van
For students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered in courses. The work must be supervised byan adviser and must terminate in a term paper or its equivalent. (Permission of instructor/submission of project proposal)

VIET 560 a/b Readings in Vietnamese
Quang Phu Van
For students with advanced Vietnamese language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research.



WOMEN'S, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES

WGSS 420b, Gendering Musical Performance (See MUSI 420b). Sarah Weiss
(some/~1/4 Southeast Asian content)